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Despite this administration’s indications that Benghazi has been given the highest priority, no one has been arrested, investigations have been barred, and people within the administration have lied.
At a Congressional hearing last week, a small remark from the State Department’s Patrick Kennedy has BIG ramifications which I’ll talk about at the end.
In Benghazi, on September 11, 2012, Stevens was not residing at a consulate as we were initially led to believe, but a CIA compound; it was 4 rented buildings in a residential area with little security, organized for the purpose of finding and trafficking Gaddafi’s weapons to the Syrian rebels. The compound maintained 4 buildings….a residence with a bedroom; another building with a cantina for the staff; a third building with a tactical operations center for security and a barracks housing the Libyan security force.
It was protected by the 17th February Brigade, Libyan veterans of the ragtag revolutionary forces that topped Gaddafi. Now they’re trafficking his weapons.
Stevens’ job was to coordinate weapon shipments from Libya to Islamic rebels in Syria via Turkey. We'll call it a Syrian Fast and Furious and just as dangerous! Another building, the CIA annex, located just over a mile away, was loaded with weapons and cash. As many as 15,000 MANPAD’s (man’s portable air defense system or simply surface-to-air missiles) are missing from the Gaddafi cache of weapons. During the attack, it’s estimated that 400 surface to air missiles were stolen and given to Alqaeda rebels.
The administration refuses to admit it was transferring weapons because, after all, that’s treason, punishable by life in prison.
However, Kennedy made an interesting comment during his recent testimony.
On September 18, 2013, The House Foreign Affairs Committee called State Department Under Secretary Patrick Kennedy to testify about his agency's handling of the terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.
Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) focused the hearing around the Accountability Review Board's (ARB) Report on the incident, and questions were raised about Mr. Kennedy's role in securing the Benghazi facility during the attack.
At one point, Democrat Allen Grayson of Florida questioned Kennedy, obviously trying to protect Clinton and Obama, but it backfired. Here is his line of questioning.
Grayson asked, “Who decided that Ambassador Stevens go to Benghazi on September 11, 2012?”
Kennedy, “It was the Ambassador’s decision, sir.”
Grayson, “Now was Secretary Clinton responsible in any way for reviewing and approving the in-country movements of U.S. ambassadors, either Ambassador Stevens or anyone else?”
Kennedy responded, “No, sir.”
Grayson asked, “Did the Ambassador, when he went to Benghazi, have a normal security detail in accordance with the State Department procedures and rules at that time?”
Kennedy explained, “Yes, sir. He had two diplomatic security special agents who accompanied him from Tripoli to Benghazi.”
Grayson asked, “Was there any money that was appropriated for the purpose of improving that post that was unspent at that time?”
Kennedy responded, “No sir, we were — there was no specific money appropriated for Benghazi. We were simply taking money from other locations. But all the requests that they put forward as I mentions save one — which is the guard towers which were determined to be unnecessary and potentially too attention getting…— all their requests were fulfilled.”
“Too attention getting?”. Why is that a problem for a consulate? Aren’t people supposed to know where they are?
They are, except if you’re doing something you’re not supposed to be doing. It looks like Kennedy told the truth about why they didn’t provide adequate security. Placing security at guard towers would alarm nearby residents. The Obama administration was illegally running arms from Libya through Turkey and into the hands of the Syria rebels. The CIA compound was their headquarters, and they didn’t want to bring attention to that fact.
So, Mr. Kennedy admitted it was more important to ‘stay low’ than to protect the American Ambassador. Is this also the reason no military assistance was ordered during the attacks?